I am super stoked to have the support of some awesome companies on this journey! Thank you Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution for all the bicycle love, thank you Maxxis Tires for the ability to clear steep slick rock and corner tightly, thank you Honey Stinger for the delicious and nutritious fuel, thank you Crank Brothers for my efficient pedal strokes, thank you Paragon Athletics for all the help teaching me to use muscles I didn’t even know existed, and thank you Kurt Refsnider of Ultra Mountain Bike Consulting for the fun, engaging and tough training plans. I am so excited for a 2017 mountain bike season filled with excellently tuned bicycles, fast tires, strawberry waffles, light pedals, and powerful quads!
Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution is the best bike shop in Arizona! Filled with the cutest (and nicest and most helpful!) bike mechanics you will ever meet, as well as a fantastic selection of bikes and gear. Follow them on Facebook and Strava, and connect with them @flagbikerev on Twitter and Instagram.
Maxxis Tires brought my technical skills to a whole new level! I learned to corner faster, clear bigger rocks, and climb steeper slick rock ramps on Maxxis Tires. I am more confident climbing and descending thanks to Maxxis! The Ardent Race is my favorite racing tire and the Ardent is my favorite tire for riding technical southwest singletrack.
Honey Stinger waffles and energy chews are the best fuel for endurance events! For 100 mile races, I like to fill my snack bag with the Lemon Lime Energy Chews and Strawberry Waffles. So good! The bars and gels are also delicious. Honey Stinger products go down easy even when your stomach is threatening to revolt.
I have been riding Crank Brothers pedals ever since smashing a pair of SPDs to smithereens on a rock when I was first learning to ride. Crank Brothers pedals are light and the float makes my knees feel amazing even after 100 mile – or even 250 mile – races.
Paragon Athletics offers the most fun, supportive and intense workouts imaginable. Each class combines the excitement and energy of group workouts with individualized attention, modifications, and feedback. Workouts at Paragon Athletics are designed to increase strength and mobility as well as prevent injuries. Going to Paragon Athletics is the highlight of my week! You can read testimonials, as well as learn about Paragon’s philosophy and the awesome people behind the workouts, at paragonathletics.com.
Kurt at Ultra Mountain Bike Consulting designs thoughtful, organized, and detailed training plans that take the entire athlete into account. He prescribes a training menu based on my goals, stress level, and workload. Since working with Kurt, I’ve managed to shave over 20 minutes off my race times from last year! His coaching makes me excited to race, excited to train, and excited to ride my bike! For more information visit the Utra Mountain Bike Consulting website at www.ultramtb.net.